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:clapper:A BIG, Big, Thank You for the write up!:clapper:

A few months ago I read the article, "installing a kickstand warning on my GL 1100" and ordered the parts listed. On August 27th, my son and I are leaving on a three to four week trip from Texas to Washington state (visit my granddaughter, husband,and two great grandchildren), down to southern California (visit my youngest son, wife,and two grandsons), and back through Arizona (visit another son, wife, and two granddaughters), to Texas. We plan tovisit several National Parks and camp most of the trip. Another grandson (on his CBR 600)will meet us in northern California, travel,and camp a couple of nights with us. My son will pullhis Aspen Classic Camper with the 1989 GL 1500. I will ride the 1983 GL 1100A without the sidecar, thus, at my age,the need for the Side/Kick Stand alert. Please don't ask how I know I need the side stand alert.

Last week I installed the parts but did it a little different from the write up.
My side stand was a little different but I installed the switch and magnetbasically the same way. The goldwindoc write up stated, "Placing the magnet and switch in such close proximity to steel (the kickstand and mount) weakens the effect of the magnet considerably, so I had to have the two quite close, with tight tolerances." I did not find this to be the case with mine. Ifound it took about 1/2 inch movement away to allow the switch to close.Looking at my top right picture, about 45 degree angle,if I move the side stand upto about twenty degree anglethe light goes out. I used J. B. Weld on the magnet to the side stand leg first and let it set up overnight. Then using a section of clear plastic from a screw/bolt package over the magnet with the side stand up, I J. B. Welded the Switch in place. In the picture it looks like the magnet and switch are touching but there is a small clearance.Even if the magnet weakens, I should still be good.

The LED blinking Red Light, I installed on the left center of the keyboard. The picture doesn't show it but the blinking red light is very bright and can't be missed sitting on the bike.

The rectifier was installed under the seat for easy connection to ground and voltage from the tail lights. I connected to the tail lights so it will only beON/Blinking with the Ignition in the ON position. I covered the rectifier with heat shrink and you can see it in the bottom left of the picture standing up but will be tucked under the other wiring. Rectifiers sometimes get hot so I tested it for about ten minutes and no heat, none. It just has the LED bulb for load.
Some may wonder about all the wiring under the seat. You should have seen the mess some PO/Dealer/Other had done to wire in the sidecar. I have also added some other LED lights on the back so that is the reason for all the wires. At least it is orderly and we can tell right whereeach wire goes now.
I love this Forum, the Members are great and a lot of information gets passed on. Thanks to all of you!
 

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That looks great! Good idea using the plastic between the two while waiting for it to set up.

I really did have to mount mine close - for whatever reason, the reed switch does not activate until the magnet is at most 2mm away from it. If the magnet is not fastened to the kickstand (i.e. being held in my hand), it activates it a good 1/2 inch away.

It's surprising how bright that flashing red light really is. It definitely catches your attention.
 
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